Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored his 39th goal of the La Liga season to even things up between Barcelona and Real Madrid Saturday at the Bernabeu.

Early in the sixth minute, Karim Benzema gave Los Blancos an early lead after Morata sailed a looping cross to the right side of the area, and Benzema put it home in front. The Frenchman has now scored in two straight La Liga matches, and has seven goals on the season.

The Catalans kept the pressure on with a 78 percent possession advantage, but Messi was the only one to breakthrough in the 18th minute.

Despite lack of possession, Madrid has taken four shots with two on goal, compared to two shots for Barcelona.

Off a stellar pass from Luka Modric, Madrid's Kaka nearly connected on a long-range left-footed shot in the 28th but it was saved.

The next 45 minutes are expected to be exciting with the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo coming off the bench for Real Madrid. Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas could also make an appearance as a substitute.

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